DML Morning Briefing Fri. Nov. 13: Where has America gone?
By Team DML
Today is November 13 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch.
1 – Top officials claim Nov. 3 election most secure in US history
From the Associated Press: A coalition of federal and state officials found no evidence that votes were compromised or altered in last week’s presidential election, rejecting unsubstantiated claims of widespread fraud advanced by President Donald Trump and many of his supporters.
The statement late Thursday, by government and industry officials who coordinate election cybersecurity, trumpeted the Nov. 3 election as the most secure in American history. It amounted to the most direct repudiation to date of Trump’s efforts to undermine the integrity of the contest, and echoed repeated assertions by election experts and state officials over the last week that the election unfolded smoothly without broad irregularities.
“While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too,” the statement said. “When you have questions, turn to elections officials as trusted voices as they administer elections.”
It was distributed by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which spearheaded federal election protection efforts and tweeted by its director, Chris Krebs. Hours earlier, he was the subject of a Reuters story that said he had told associates he expected to be fired by Trump. Krebs has been vocal on Twitter in repeatedly reassuring Americans that the election was secure and that their votes would be counted.
DML: PLEASE TAKE OUR POLL BELOW – Do YOU believe the Nov. 3 election was the most secure in US history? (I sure don’t!)
2 – Mom Arrested For Refusing to Wear Mask at Florida School Board Meeting
ABC Action News: LARGO, Fla. — A Pinellas County parent was arrested Tuesday for refusing to wear a mask at a meeting of the Pinellas County School Board, according to district officials.
Several parents argued against the district’s mask policy during a school board hearing. According to a district spokesperson, Kari Turner was arrested for Trespassing, Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and Disorderly Conduct.
“The individual refused to wear a mask which began a series of events that led to the arrest,” according to a statement from Pinellas County Schools.
The short video below gives an overview explaining the incident.
Below are the original video clips of the incident posted on Facebook by Debra Williams, who explained that officers detained Sam Stefano as she was leaving after she spoke at the meeting. “She had taken her mask off to breathe after she spoke and was ￼exiting the building, minding her own business, not one person around her, but meanwhile, they came into her personal space. We were walking out at the same time, both without masks, but they singled her out,” Williams writes.
Then it got worse… Williams adds: “I told some of the other parents outside that they were ￼wrongfully detaining ￼Sam and this is where the other mom Karie went up to check on her and that’s when they slammed her and her 13-year-old daughter ￼to the ground and arrested Karie for “trespassing” ￼even though she had just come out of the building as well and spoke in the meeting￼. Some of the other parents who spoke in the meeting and were exiting the building ￼caught the other video where they had Karie on the ground. ￼”￼
DML: This has my blood boiling.
3 – Texas County Approves $2.5 Million Of Taxpayer Money For Illegal Immigrant Defense Fund
From Daily Caller: A Texas county approved over $2 million of taxpayer money for a spent legal services fund for illegal immigrants facing deportation, The Texan reported Wednesday.
The Harris County Commissioners Court voted 3-2 to allocate $2,050,000 over a two-year period to the Immigrant Legal Services Fund, an initiative of County Judge Lina Hidalgo, The Texan reported. Hidalgo, a Democrat, requested $500,000 to finance the program for its first year when she proposed the fund in February 2019.
Illegal immigrants without attorneys are deported 90% of the time while those with attorneys are deported around 5% of the time, according to Hidalgo, The Texan reported.
“So it just means that people who have a valid claim to be here and who of course contribute significantly to our economy are being deported not because they should, but simply because they don’t have the ability to present their valid claim,” Hidalgo said.
The report says over 25% of residents in the county are “foreign-born” and around 412,000 are estimated to be illegal immigrants.
DML: Get ready for this to be the reality all over America if Biden takes over.
4 – California Set to Reopen Strip Clubs Before Churches
Free Beacon: A California judge ordered San Diego to reopen strip clubs even as local officials crack down on churches.
San Diego Superior Court judge Joel R. Wohlfeil ordered the state to end any actions that prevent the clubs from “being allowed to provide live adult entertainment,” according to the decision. The owners of two strip clubs argued that their business is legally protected speech guaranteed by the First Amendment—the same argument that churches have been making about their own services.
The judge’s decision is not final as that in a full hearing, which will occur at the end of the month, but it temporarily allows the strip clubs to reopen for indoor services, as other institutions close. In their legal complaint, strip-club owners argued they have complied with social distancing requirements. They also warned that another shutdown would mean financial ruin. The judge temporarily sided with them.
DML: Pure insanity.
5 – Portland mayor removes gendered language to be more ‘inclusive’
Fox News: Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who won a second term earlier this month as he narrowly fended off his left-leaning opponent amid criticism after months of protests and riots, is removing gendered language to be more “inclusive.”
He tweeted “The language of the documents that guide the City should reflect our community. Today, Council authorized the City Auditor to remove feminine and masculine terms from the City Charter. This important step will help make our documents more inclusive of all gender identities.”
Portland would not be the first major U.S. city to strike gendered references from its charter. Philadelphia and Tulsa, Oklahoma both did so in the last year.
DML: More insanity! The left has fallen off the ledge.
6 – Obama slams GOP lawmakers for going along with President Trump
In a preview of an upcoming “60 Minutes” interview, former president Barack Obama slammed President Trump for daring to contest the results of the election, and blasted other Republican officials for supporting him.
The interview is set to air on Sunday, but CBS released a preview clip on Thursday. Obama was asked by CBS, “What are these false claims of widespread election fraud doing to our country right now?”
“I’m more troubled by the fact that other Republican officials who clearly know better are going along with this, are humoring him in this fashion. It is one more step in delegitimizing not just the incoming Biden administration, but democracy generally, and that’s a dangerous path,” he added.
DML: This is the man who hates America so much he wanted to fundamentally transform it.